Category: Messes

My DIY dreamcatchers were a nightmare

It all started, as most DIY disasters do, with the prettiest Pinterest image. Whimsical DIY dreamcatchers with gold beads, rustic twine, and pastel-coloured feathers. Surely I could make that! DIY dreamcatchers would be an easy project and look great in our daughter’s bedroom. I…

Organizing kids’ art supplies

We keep our kids’ art supplies in our dining room. (I say dining room, but really, in these new-fangled open-concept houses, it’s our kitchen table area?) We always have, actually! It’s probably the hardest-working area of our house because IT IS USED CONSTANTLY and…

How we’re tackling our daugher’s (constantly) messy room

When I picked up a pair of tights with a gummy lollipop stick attached to one leg, I was annoyed at her messy room. Then I found the candy wrappers — she’s not allowed to eat in her bedroom! — and the chewed-up wad…

Let’s get rid of ALL THE STUFF

Every year when I’m taking down the Christmas tree and packing away the decorations, it feels like a treat to get the house back to normal. “This is MY Christmas!” I’ll caption a photo of my clean, clutter-free living room when all of those…

Slime and punishment

Slime and punishment: Why my kids pranked me, and how I punished them {Heather's Handmade Life}

Why my kids “pranked” me, and how they were punished … Alanis Morissette once defined irony as “10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife.” I think a better definition is “when your children are their very naughtiest on the same day the…

You’re killin’ me, Smalls

She wanted her Shopkins colour-coded! Well, OK, and I wanted it, too. We BOTH wanted it! It seemed like such a good idea at the time!

Toy soup: How I stopped hating my daughter’s messy room

There is soup all over her bedroom carpet, but it’s not made with noodles or vegetables. It’s the very worst kind: Toy soup, hot and fresh. Baby dolls mixed with Barbie dolls, Polly Pocket dolls, dollhouse dolls and American Girl dolls — jumbled together…

Parental essentials on the road

I got so many great questions after yesterday’s post on vehicle hacks for parents that I thought I’d go into a bit more detail today about some of the items I keep in our minivan. I’m one of those over-prepared people that always has…

When messy minivans attack: vehicle hacks for parents

I cleaned my van on Saturday morning and, I’m not going to lie, it was totally magical. I have a new-found love for that hunk of metal on wheels. I was inspired by this column I wrote a couple of days earlier, which is…

Mommy snapshot

Who knew making breakfast for one baby could result in such a mess?

A messy highchair has me backed into a corner

I can’t possibly be doing this right! I have to do this four times a day (three meals, plus bedtime cereal). You would think I would have it down to a science, but no … I remove the plate/cup/spoon/bottle from the highchair tray I…

Adventures in finger foods

Before: Perfectly cut-up baby-sized bites of baked sweet potato, and perfectly hand-minced bites of chicken breast. After: A very messy high-chair tray for Mommy to clean up …